The way it moves between re-enactments, songs and slightly more informal chat is slickly managed, and makes the audience feel included in the evening rather than simply being there as viewers.
Out of the Forest Theatre’s contribution to the genre comes in the form of Bury the Hatchet, self-described as a “true crime podcast meets bluegrass musical” and all sorts of fun with it.
Written by Sasha Wilson, Bury the Hatchet is a folktale meets musical with a difference and tells the story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman who, if the theories are to be believed, literally got away with murder.
The play benefits from this close actor-audience involvement – you are drawn into the play as it unfolds, and leave feeling utterly involved, transformed in some way by what you have witnessed.
Have you caught the European premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company yet? After transferring following its sell-out spring season at the Finborough Theatre, Michael Yale’s production has won another slew of five- and four-star reviews in the West End. Its limited season at Trafalgar Studios 2 must finish on 16 September 2017. A selection of some of our favourite review quotes is gathered below…
Jordan Tannahill’s taut, 75-minute darkly comic real-life social drama Late Company draws two Toronto couples into God of Carnage country as they attempt to broker closure over the suicide of Joel, bullied at high school for homosexuality.
This is a dinner that, much like Titus Andronicus’ endgame, is a meal that not one person around the table wishes to attend.
It often puzzles me why sharp little stage gems like this don’t get pounced on by TV – notably the BBC – instead of commissioners wasting our eyesight on gloopy dramas custom-built to challenge nobody. Here it is, a neat 75 minutes, bang-on topical and sharply written by Jordan Tannahill, then only 23.
Why has the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) got involved with the play? Why did the director choose not to relocate the play to the UK? How have the actors visualised the absent but ever-present Joel and their characters’ relationships with him?
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the stars and director of the European premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s LATE COMPANY, transferring from the Finborough Theatre to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, on Wednesday 23 August 2017. Got any questions?
Set around the dinner table of the bereaved parents, their guests for the evening are Bill and Tamara Dermot together with their son Curtis, a peer of Joel’s at school and the ringleader of the bullies who had taunted him to his death.
Guess who’s coming to dinner, Toronto-style. The table has been set at Debora and Michael’s oh-so-tasteful upper class home but the atmosphere is thick with tension as their guests are Curtis, the schoolboy who bullied their son Joel – who committed suicide a year ago – and his parents.
Jordan Tannahill’s taut, 70 minute darkly comic real-life social drama Late Company draws two Toronto couples into God of Carnage country as they attempt to broker closure over the suicide of Joel, bullied at high school for homosexuality, and confront the teenager who may have been his antagonist.
Stumble on your way out of the Menier’s restaurant and you can, literally, roll down the ramp through The Bunker’s front door. The two upstairs, downstairs theatres are currently serving up two, very different, musicals: She Loves Me and Muted.
Muted is tender and thoughtful, beautifully reflective in the way it probes into the different ways in which we grieve. And it uses its structure well, songs are less about narrative propulsion but saying what the characters don’t yet have the emotional articulacy to say out loud.
It’s not a big, showy American musical, but one that is distinctly and quietly British. With more development and dramaturgical support, Muted will really shine.
It’s a brave ask that has any composers title their show Muted – a name that by its very nature suppresses aural beauty. In this new musical that has been a long time in development, we meet Michael a former rock singer, who has been left mute following the traumatic death of his mother.